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WESTFIELD — The First Congregational Church, located at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield, will host a reception honoring artist Harry A. Devlin this Sunday, November 21, from 3 to 5 p. m. The public is invited to attend.
On display for the occasion will be an original painting by Mr. Devlin of the church, depicting the distinctive meeting house, chapel and auditorium on a crisp winter afternoon. The painting was a gift to the church by parish members Murielle and Hugues Thibaud.
Mr. Devlin, a graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Fine Arts, has enjoyed a long and prolific career through a variety of artistic disciplines. A naval illustrator during World War II, he has also been an editorial cartoonist and comic strip artist and has done portraiture and illustration.
Since the early 1960s, he and his wife, Wende, have collaborated on dozens of children’s books, including “Old Black Witch” and the “Cranberry” holiday series, many of which have been recently reissued. The couple reside in Mountainside and are longtime members of the First Congregational Church.
A limitededition, signed and numbered print of Mr. Devlin’s
painting of the church is available for purchase at $125. The prints may be obtained at the reception or by calling the church office at (908) 2332494.
Orchestra to Present Concert Honoring St. John’s 50th Year
CLARK — The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, led by the Reverend Alphonse Stephenson, Music Director, will perform a Christmas concert on Sunday, November 28, at 3 p. m. at St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.
The concert, which is open to the public, will be performed in honor of the 50th anniversary of the church, located on Valley Road on the ClarkLinden border.
Joining the full symphony orchestra will be an allprofessional chorus under the leadership of Chorus Master William R. Shoppell. Tenor Anthony Buonauro, who recently made his Lincoln Center debut, will be on hand to perform seasonal classics.
Reverend Stephenson is the founder and conductor of the Festival of the Atlantic, an outdoor music festival held in Point Pleasant Beach.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. There is no reserved seating.
For more information or tickets, please call the Rectory at (908) 4866363 or the school at (732) 3881360.
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SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Senior Citizen Advisory Committee will sponsor a trip to the Forum Theatre in Metuchen on Saturday, December 4, for an 8 p. m. performance of The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
Alfred Uhry’s Tonyaward winning play centers on the Freitag family’s efforts to find the right dates for Ballyhoo – the social event of the season – while the rest of the country is swept up in the excitement of the gala premiere of Gone With the Wind
in Atlanta. The cost is $25 for residents and $27 for nonresidents. The bus will leave from Green Forest Park at 7 p. m. and return immediately after the performance.
Interested individuals are asked to register for the trip as soon as possible at the Scotch Plains Recreation Office in the Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue.
For further information, please call (908) 3226700.
ARTIST RECEPTION… This painting of the First Congregational Church of Westfield, by artist and longtime church member Harry Devlin, is the most recent of his many works portraying local landmarks. The public is invited to attend a reception honoring the artist on Sunday, November 21, from 3 to 5 p. m. at the church, located at 125 Elmer Street.
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WESTFIELD – A biannual concert will be presented by the Musical Club of Westfield on Sunday, November 21, at 3 p. m. in the First Baptist Church in Westfield to raise money for future scholarships.
Present scholarship winners performing in the concert will be soprano Laura Mullen, flutist Rachel Mendez, guitarist Jake Schwartz and soprano Christina Martos.
Former scholarship winners who will be involved in the concerts include pianist Ethan Nash, composer Matthew Sklar, cellist and composer Wayne Smith and pianist and composer Stefan Young.
Mr. Sklar, conductor of the Broadway show, Titanic has submitted a song which will be sung by mezzosoprano Marilyn Spesak accompanied at the piano by Louise Andrews.
Mr. Smith will perform his own composition entitled, “Sanye,” based on a Japanese folk song.
Mr. Young will offer some of his own compositions and perform an improvisation.
Donations of $10 will be accepted at the door. For more information, please call Rachel Hylan at (908) 2334466.
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CUDDLY BEARS FOR SALE… Union Catholic High School’s Holiday Gift Market and Craft Show will be held on Saturday, November 27, from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. Collectors bears for all occasions by crafter Audrey Sayers will be available.
SCOTCH PLAINS – Union Catholic High School’s Holiday Gift Market and Craft Show will be held on Saturday, November 27, from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m.
Artisans from the Metropolitan area will display their handmade items such as woodcrafts, custom made lamps, Tshirts, sweatshirts, dolls, soft sculpture items, orna ments, scrapbook albums, jewelry
and other wares. Breakfast, dessert and lunch items will be available at the Candy Cane Café during the craft event.
A $1 admission fee will offer the opportunity to win a door prize of a color television. For more information, please call (908) 8899475.
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RAHWAY — The Union County Arts Center in Rahway will present country music superstar Kathy Mattea on Friday, December 3, at 8 p. m.
“The Songs and The Season A Special Holiday Concert” with Ms. Mattea, will feature hits and favorite materials, while the second half of the evening will include music from her “Good News” Christmas album.
Ms. Mattea has won three Grammy Awards, and been honored twice as the Country Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year,” and received “Song”
and “Single of the Year” honors for her hits, “Where’ve You Been,” and “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses.”
Tickets may be purchased by phone with a major credit card, or in person at the Box Office. In addition, tickets will be available online this season t h r o u g h www. ucac. org, and through ETM Ticket Kiosks located in the Menlo Park Mall and Edwards Supermarkets.
For more information, or ticket availability, please call the Box Office at (732) 4998226, or after 5 p. m. at (888) ETMTIXS.
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WESTFIELD — The Junior Musical Club of Westfield, a performing group of high school musicians who meet once a month to share their love of classical music, gathered on October 3 and November 7 to discuss this year’s club activities.
The head officers of the 19992000 season are: President, Tanya Tran; VicePresident of Programs, Heather Baxter; VicePresident of Auditions, Kate Walsh; Treasurer, David Paik; Secretary, Elizabeth Powell; Hospitality, Sasha Bartolf; and Publicity, Chitra Kalyanaraman.
The club is planning an Ensemble Concert on Sunday, March 12, 2000 at 3 p. m. at the First
Baptist Church in Westfield, as well as a Senior Recital in May.
The club’s next meeting will be the holiday party for current or previous club members on Sunday, December 19.
Auditions for prospective members will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at 7 p. m. at the home of Kate Walsh, 521 Tremont Avenue, Westfield.
Those who audition must be in 8th to 12th grade and must perform two pieces on their instrument, one from the period up to and including Beethoven, and one from Romantic or Modern periods.
For more information, please call Kate at (908) 2325817.
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WESTFIELD – “The Carnitine Defense: A Natural Nutraceutical Formula to Prevent and Treat Heart Disease” is the latest book to be written by Dr. Stephen L. DeFelice, a Westfield resident for over 30 years.
“I wrote this book because of the enormous medical promise of nutraceuticals for the heart and the current confusion regarding why and what to take,” stated Dr. DeFelice.
The book offers an analysis of published clinical studies conducted by medical experts and recommends a natural Cardiac Elixir to aid in the prevention and treatment of heart disease.
According to Dr. DeFelice, carnitine is the cornerstone to the seven nutraceuticals recommended and supported by extensive clini cal research.
Dr. DeFelice formed The Foundation for Innovation in Medicine in 1976 and coined the phrase “nutraceutical” in 1989 to define
foods and dietary supplements with diseasefighting properties.
Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. introduced The Nutraceutical Research and Education Act (NREA) to Congress on October 1 after collaborating with Dr. DeFelice to propose legislation to encourage companies to perform clinical research on nutraceuticals.
Dr. DeFelice will discuss and sign copies of “The Carnitine Defense” at The Town Book Store in Westfield on Saturday, November 20, from 3 to 5 p. m.
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SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Arts Association will offer its winter trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Wednesday, December 1, to view paintings by 19th century portrait painter, Jean Ingres.
The exhibit, “Portraits by Ingres: Image of an Epoch” includes 40 paintings and 92 drawings by the artist.
In a related exhibit, the Museum’s Costume Institute will display fashions from the periods spanning Ingres’ career.
The Museum also offers the reopened Egyptian exhibit and the annual Christmas tree display.
The bus will depart from the Scotch Plains Municipal Building Parking Lot at 8: 30 a. m. and return around 4 p. m. The cost of the trip,
bus only, is $20. To reserve space or obtain more information, please call A. Gibbons at (908) 2322631.
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SCOTCH PLAINS – The winners of the 6th Annual Halloween Window Painting Contest in Scotch Plains were selected by Mayor Geri M. Samuel and Councilman Martin L. Marks and will be presented with a certificate from Mayor Samuel at the Tuesday, November 23, Township Council Meeting.
Over 60 students from Park Middle School, Terrill Middle School and St. Bartholomew’s School, along with 15 local merchants participated in this year’s event which was organized by the Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association (SPBPA).
The winners were as follows:
· Best 6th Grade: Park Photo by Park Middle School students Matt Ferrara, Zack Huizdak, Brian Glasset and George Helock.
· Best 7th Grade: Little Shop of Comics by St. Bart’s students Dyle Schoendorf and Terry Juba.
· Best 8th Grade: Park Beverage by St. Bart’s students Jonathan Searle, Patrick Kennedy, Joseph Wilkenson and Katie McDonough.
· Funniest Painting: Salon Highlights by Park Middle School students Kara Sang, Katie Devlin, Michelle Protapapas and Julie Madan.
· Scariest Painting: Nuts n’ Plenty by Park Middle School students Andrew Ortyl, Mike Paraboschi, Dan Deegan and Chris Doremus.
· Most Original Painting: Apple Blossom Flower Shop by St. Bart’s
SCARIEST BY FAR... The winners of the 6th Annual Halloween Window Painting Contest in Scotch Plains were selected by Mayor Geri M. Samuel and Councilman Martin L. Marks and will be presented with a certificate from Mayor Samuel at the Tuesday, November 23, Township Council Meeting. Pictured, above, is the Scariest Painting at Nuts n’ Plenty by Park Middle School students Andrew Ortyl, Mike Paraboschi, Dan Deegan and Chris Doremus.
students Julia Kennedy, Ashley Meyn, Maura Crehan, Cassandra Searls and Melissa Lomequin.
The SPBPA thanks the following businesses who participated in the event: Moderne Academie of Dance, Manhattan Bagel, The Times of Scotch PlainsFanwood, BJ’s Dressing Room, John’s Meat Market, State Farm Insurance, L’Espirit Elena Hair Salon, Connections
Personnel and North Jersey Eye Care. Lisa Mohn from Apple Bloom Flower Shop was the Chairwoman for the event. Ray Pardon from Nuts n’ Plenty worked with Ms. Mohn organizing the event.
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EDISON — The WardlawHartridge School in Edison will present The Miracle Worker by William Gibson today, Thursday, November 18, and Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, at 7: 30 p. m. in the AllPurpose Room at the school.
The play is based on the relationship between Helen Keller and her teacher/ governess Annie Sullivan.
According to Faculty Advisor, Jack Clark, The Miracle Worker
was selected because the students were looking for a more challenging play. The actors cannot rely on the spoken word to convey thoughts and feelings; rather, emo tions and actions must be expressed
through facial expressions and body movement.
The play is being directed by WardlawHartridge senior Brendan Padgett. To prepare for the part, Brendan visited the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston.
In order to insure authenticity in this production, the cast was expected to learn the entire alphabet in sign language.
Matt Martinelli of Westfield will portray Captain Keller.
The threeact play runs approximately two hours and 15 minutes. In lieu of admission, donations will be accepted at the door.
PREPPING FOR THE PLAY... The WardlawHartridge School in Edison will present The Miracle Worker by William Gibson today, Thursday, November 18, and Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, at 7: 30 p. m. in the AllPurpose Room at the school. Pictured, above, are members of the cast.
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WESTFIELD — Westfield Art Association President Barbara Schwinn has extended an invitation to artists and members of the community interested in fine art to join the group and enter their exhibitions.
Programs, which are usually held on Sunday afternoons, focus on artist demonstrations, speakers and workshops. A wide range of topics and media, including photography are discussed.
The group is not exclusive to artists.
Three member exhibitions are presented to the public annually. The media in the Fall Exhibition, which will be held from Saturday,
December 11, to Tuesday, December 14, are oil, pastel and sculpture.
The Spring Exhibition includes watercolor, graphics and photography. The shows
are judged and awards are presented at an opening reception where one may meet the artists.
In May, the Sidewalk Art Show and Sale is a popular allday Saturday affair. Loan shows of original art by the artists include Children’s Specialized Hospital, Town Book Store and Spanish Tavern.
For further information, please call Membership Chairwoman Jane Annis at (908) 2323381 or contact the Web site at www. westfieldnj. com/ waa.
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